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Maryland School for the Deaf Partners with Innivee Strategies, Inc. to Lead Superintendent Search

The Maryland School for the Deaf Board of Trustees is pleased to share that the recruitment and search process for the next MSD Superintendent has been reactivated after a year-long hiatus. Akilah English and Krista Leitch Walker are the co-chairs for the Superintendent search. During this period, MSD has made some critical strides that better position the school to bring on a new leader. These include elevating the compensation level for the superintendent position, the implementation of new diversity, equity, and inclusion programming, and successful navigation through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Planning for the current search began this spring with the contracting of an executive search firm to assist the Board of Trustees with this effort. MSD is pleased to be partnering again with Innivee Strategies, Inc., in this important work. Similar to the previous effort, the recruitment and search will be an open and inclusive process that will include critical stakeholders from across the MSD community and periodic communications to update the MSD community on the progress of the search. However, the new plan will follow an expedited timeline compared to the previous effort, leveraging and carrying over any relevant work resulting from the previous search. It is our expectation that this new search will be completed by the end of 2022 or early 2023, with the goal of hiring MSD’s new superintendent by or before July 1, 2023.

The next step in the process will be the formation of a new search committee consisting of individuals representing a cross-section of groups within the MSD community. Please stay tuned in the coming weeks for more information on how you may be involved in the MSD Superintendent search process by participating on the search committee. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at

Please watch for updates about the Maryland School for the Deaf Superintendent search at the following website:

Contact Innivee Strategies at with inquiries related to the position.


About Maryland School for the Deaf

Founded in 1868, Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) is a state-funded educational institution serving deaf and hard of hearing students from birth to 21 years. MSD serves and supports over 450 students and their families at two campuses: Frederick, established in 1868, and Columbia, established in 1973. The MSD strives to provide an equitable and exemplary education for all students in a nurturing, engaging, and challenging environment, ensuring that students achieve personal excellence and responsible lifelong learners. The mission of MSD is to provide American Sign Language (ASL) and English language models for early acquisition and to provide linguistically enriched ASL and English environments for the attainment of fluency of both languages. The Board of Trustees of the Maryland School for the Deaf is the policy-making body responsible for the governance and strategic operations of the school and oversees the work of the superintendent.

About Innivee Strategies, Inc.

Innivee Strategies provides a systemic framework for organizations to facilitate a strong strategic direction toward the desired vision. Our services include Executive Search & Transition, Governance Training & Consulting, Strategic Planning, Executive Support Systems, Leadership Development, and Guided Facilitation. Please visit our website at to learn about our clients and their testimonies about how our services have benefited their organizations.